Demand and Supply Manager/ Biopharma (Tokyo)

Posted 06 Dec 2023

Tokyo, Tokyo - Japan

Req Id 269602


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Position Title: Demand and Supply Manager

Functional Area: Global Biotech Manufacturing Japan

Reporting To: Head of GBM Japan

Number of direct reports: 1


Purpose of the Role

Based on aligned forecast with IBP stakeholders, Demand and Supply Manager is in charge of keeping appropriate levels of released stock for commercial sales in the country. This includes supply coordination with Global sites(EU) and Atsugi(Japan) based on latest projection and business condition.


Key Responsibilities

  • Main Responsibilities include monitoring and controlling available to sell inventory regularly in alignment with appropriate departments.
  • Achieve KPI target such as forecast accuracy and on time delivery
  • Maintains SAP master data in line with local compliance set up  (SoD)
  • LT management related with site operation
  • Project lead for new product launch
  • Assures inbound supply according to the monthly rolling forecast plan
  • Assures the appropriate level of stock for finished products, intermediates and packaging materials
  • Is responsible for short/mid (0-2 years) product supply plans in coordination with Atsugi and global sites
  • Takes the necessary steps to minimise inventory Write Offs based on forecast changes or over supply
  • Provides  analytical input to  Atsugi production planning and global sites  for the finished and semi finished products`
  • Works closely with local customer service and WS management team ensuring optimum information flow between the company and customer
  • Proactively communicates with key stakeholders and engages to avoid supply shortages
  • Drives process improvements to share the best practice
  • Be able to lead cross functional meeting  (IBP, S&OP, demand and supply review)
  • Is the first point of contact for global supply chain
  • Aligns on MRP parameter setting with Atsugi and Global team
  • Prepares weekly and monthly inventory reports  and  inbound updates to the team concerned
  • Participates and engages in APAC or Global projects


Main Interfaces

Internally: Global, regional SNO, global, regional and local  Quality Assurance, local Regulatory Affairs, manufacturing sites, Atsugi,  Country Head,  Commercial (Product and Sales Managers, Business Unit Directors) Functional Managers (Finance, Controlling, BT), Global Data Management team (e.g. MGDM)

Externally: External suppliers



Candidate Profile

   • University degree related to business management or supply chain management

   • About 5~10 years experience related to demand supply planning,  production planning and inventory management

• Experience in manufacturing industry must to have

• Experienced SAP MM PP module user with MRP knowledge

• Supplier management experience

Project management skills and experience

SAP IBP user and demand forecast experience 

• Strong Microsoft office skills (especially in excel)

Good communication and negotiation skills (both in Eng and Japanese)

(Communication with global including negotiation and presentation in English is needed for the role)

• Continuous improvement mindset utilizing digital tools

• APICS certification is as a plus

• People management experience nice to have (not as must)



Fluent in both English and Japanese


Skills & Competencies


  • Respect and integrity in collaboration
  • Active contribution and networking
  • Dealing with conflict and criticism
  • Intercultural understanding and cooperation

Customer Orientation:

  • Service mentality and providing quality service
  • Developing partnerships
  • Dealing with problems and solution

Communication with Impact:

  • Simplify the key message
  • Visual presentation
  • Confidence and influence strategy

Strategic orientation:

  • Analytical and planning skills
  • Cross-functional thinking
  • Focus on the future

Results Orientation:

  • Commitment and goal orientation
  • Organisation of work
  • Long term goals oriented

Change & Innovation:

  • Openness to change
  • Initiating change and creativity
  • Implementation of change
  • Self-development


Recruiting Contact: Fang Liu


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